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STS-28

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 39B Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

STS-28 was the thirtieth space shuttle mission, the fourth dedicated to the Department of Defence and the eigth of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102

Family: Space Shuttle
Configuration: OV-102

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. It launched for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981, the first flight of the Space Shuttle program. Over 22 years of service it completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission, STS-107 on February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    38.1 m
  • Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    2040 T
  • Thrust
    28200 kN
Family
  • Name
    Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102
  • Family
    Space Shuttle
  • Variant
    OV-102
  • Alias
    Columbia
  • Full Name
    Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $450,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    24400 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Space Shuttle Columbia


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 5 Crew Capacity: 7 Payload Capacity: 27500 kg
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: OV-102

Space Shuttle Columbia (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-102) was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. It launched for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981, the first flight of the Space Shuttle program. Over 22 years of service, it completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission, STS-107 on February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members.

Space Shuttle Details

Crew


David Leestma

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: May 6, 1949
Age: 72

Brewster H. Shaw

Commander - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: May 16, 1945
Age: 76

Richard N. Richards

Pilot - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 24, 1946
Age: 75

James C. Adamson

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: March 3, 1946
Age: 75

Mark N. Brown

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Nov. 18, 1951
Age: 70

United Space Alliance

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Founded: 1995 Successes: 99 Failures: 1 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39B


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Ceres-1
Success
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Ceres-1
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Soyuz STB
Success
2 days, 20 hours ago
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Falcon 9
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Starlink 4-3
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Long March 3
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
ChinaSat 1D
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat
Success
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Kosmos 2552 (EKS 5/Tundra 5)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

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Kuaizhou
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Shiyan 11
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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Soyuz 2.1b
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1 week, 6 days ago
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